With the voices from South India getting louder and alleging discrimination from the Centre despite being highest contributors to India's revenues, Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao today made a pitch for the Prime Minister candidate to be from the South. His ongoing efforts in stitching up a Federal Front with regional parties is a work in making the South heard and recognized.
The Federal Front pitched by KCR is a non-BJP, non-Congress one where regional players will decide the future of the party at the hustings in Delhi. In his efforts to cobble up the Federal Front, he has met recently Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan who has responded affirmatively to the Telangana Chief Minister's proposal while he carefully mentioned about how Rahul Gandhi has dented CPM's chances in Kerala.
Meanwhile, he has been in touch with JD(S) chief H.D. Deve Gowda despite Gowda's open claims of pitching KCR's arch-rival N. Chandrababu Naidu the PM-candidate for the Mahaghatbandhan. However, his efforts in meeting DMK chief M.K. Stalin has not materialized.
On the other hand, KCR also has succeeded in portraying himself as a lone ranger at a time when he is begin dubbed as the B-team of BJP if the party fails to get enough majority at the Centre. His efforts in reaching out to Mamatha Banerjee in West Bengal, Naveen Patnaik in Odisha, Mayawati and Akhilesh in UP are all indicative of his calculated steps.
As Gulte had reported earlier that a South communion of leaders that is required to demand the rightful share for the region for contributing highest growth to India's GDP, KCR could be finding himself as the one championing that cause.
Despite his silence over the PM-candidate if Federal Front has chances at the Centre, it is believed that he is pitching himself as a strong contender from the South bastion which could find acceptance in other neighbouring states of South India. Will South India find its voice in KCR? Only time will tell.